Education in a post-conflict society - wherever communities are divided, education acts as a lightning rod.
CASE was featured in the Summer Edition of Your EU. Read article in full in the news section.
As schools reopen Well-being of staff and pupils are a key priority. CASE has designed a programme to support partnerships in meeting these needs and this will be followed by a support programme for Blended Learning. For details and how to apply, contact your CASE Development Officer.
The focus of Donagh NS in Carndonagh, St. Columb's NS. Moville and Scoil Mhuire Gleneely this year was on well-being and health. School closures due to COVID 19 required a radical rethink in their approach- could momentum be sustained and collaboration re-imagined?
The current school closures did not prevent pupils from St Oliver's National School in Carlingford and St Brigid's Special School in Dundalk completing their second year of shared education as they worked together on what was really important to them at this time -expressing their thanks to the frontline workers.
Seamus Heaney’s line ‘And in the house we moved with gravid ease’ from his poem ‘The Churning’ possibly now rings true in many of the homes of pupils and teachers who until recently were actively sharing classes and experiences through CASE. A partnership between St Joseph’s Rathdonnell and Trentagh NS, Co. Donegal brought this to the fore. Part of their shared work explored historical documents from ‘The Schools’ Collection’ [i] and used this as the basis for an experiment -butter-making. This was one way they were integrating their curriculum, covering science, history, literacy and research.
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, it is vital that we continue to follow best practice guidelines, especially physical distancing and practice good hand-washing hygiene. Most of all we can come together to support each other by staying home and staying safe.
If you have a specific query regarding your partnership, please contact your Development Officer for guidance.
We are currently working with our funders to approve a mechanism for signing off on this year’s shared activity and we will send out further information about this in due course.
Please remember we are here to help and support you however we can in relation to your school charting a way through this extremely difficult and challenging time.
The 2020 TPL courses commenced on January 13th with ‘Delivering Effective Collaboration and Sharing in Primary Schools’. The first of a series of modules which will be rolled out in different venues until the end of the school year was delivered in Letterkenny by Stranmillis College.
The frosty start didn't deter any of the P7 pupils from Ashgrove PS and St Michael's PS who buzzed with excitement on the way to Hillsborough Castle.
Hardy Memorial PS and St Patrick's PS Armagh have been sharing classes for almost two years, working and sharing professional expertise between schools as well as providing opportunities to their pupils to engage in shared learning.